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Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
TITLE: What An "Oops" Can Lead To
By Marilyn Meiners
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“Hey girlfriend, want to go skating Saturday night?”
“Sure. Who’s going to take us, your dad or mine?”
“Mine will take us, yours can bring us home.”
And so the weekend was decided. Elle and Lynn were best friends. The year was 1959. Neither drove, thus they depended on their dads to be their Chauffer.
Saturday night two excited teenagers arrived at the rink. Elle dressed in a red jumper with white blouse; Lynn wearing a green plaid dress. Both had their hair pulled back in a ponytail tied with a white ribbon.
As they entered the rink, music was playing loudly while multi-colored lights danced across the floor, seemingly in time with the beat. As they put on their skates, they talked excitedly about the friends they hoped to meet this night. Elle was especially thrilled when she noticed a young man she had dated once, and secretly had a crush on, standing off to the side - and he was alone!
“That’s a good sign,” thought Elle. “Think I’ll skate over and say hi.”
Lynn watched as the two chatted together. “Wow!” thought Lynn. “He’s cute. I wonder who he is and how Elle knows him. I hope she introduces us.”
No introductions were made, to the disappointment of Lynn. Elle spend much of the evening with the adorable guy.
Before Lynn realized it, the evening came to an end. Finding Elle she said she would call her dad to come get them. “Oh, no need,” said Elle, “I’ve asked Robert if he would bring us home.”
“Ahhh,” thought Lynn. “His name is Robert – cool.”
“Elle, that’s a great idea,” said Lynn. “ Now maybe I’ll finally get to meet this guy you’ve spent all evening with.”
“Maybe,” was Elle’s retort.
Leaving the rink, Lynn followed Elle and Robert as they led the way to his car. Opening the door for the girls, Elle climbed in, with Lynn sitting next to the passenger door. Robert jogged around to the driver’s side and hopped in. He was driving a black 1951 Chevy. “Neat car,” thought Lynn.
As they pulled out of the parking lot, Lynn nudged Elle in the ribs and mouthed the words, “You going to introduce us?”
Lynn turned in her seat to get a better glance at this boy named Robert. He had blond curly hair, was wearing a red polo shirt with khaki pants and his eyes were a sparkling blue. “I wonder why Elle won’t introduce us. Is she afraid I am going to steal him from her or something?”
After stopping for ice cream, Robert took the girls home – but – he did the unthinkable! He took Elle home first. “What is this guy doing?” thought Lynn. “I don’t even know him. I don’t want to be alone in a car with someone I do not know.” Panic began to well up inside Lynn.
As Elle exited the car she gave Lynn a dirty look, anger written all over her face. “What did I do?” mouthed Elle. “Shut up,” mouthed Elle back.
“Where to?” asked Robert.
Oh! Right! My house. Lynn gave directions, Robert followed perfectly. As they pulled up in front of her house, Lynn breathed a sigh of relief. Robert hopped out of the car then quickly came around to her door to open it for her. “A real gentleman,” thought Lynn.
She thanked him and began to walk toward her front door. As she turned around to wave goodbye, Robert was right behind her. When they arrived at her door, with a nervous voice, Robert asked, “Would you like to go skating again Wednesday night? I’ll pick you up around seven.”
Lynn’s heart did a little flip as she said “yes, I’d like that.”
Thus began a wonderful courtship. Four months later as they were cruising the streets of Freeport, talking about farm life, Robert said, “My wife will need to get up at 5:00 every morning to get my breakfast before I chore.”
With no hesitation Lynn responded, “Well I’m not going to do that.”
She realized what she had just said. Looking over at Robert she noticed he was smiling to himself.
“What?” asked Lynn.
“I think I’ve just been proposed to,” stated Robert.
Two months later the proposal did come. Not from Lynn, from Robert.
Lynn was delighted. Elle still wasn’t talking. Robert thought he got the best deal. Fifty years later they are still a couple. An “oops” turned into a “whoopee”!
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